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VELOCITY (F.P.S.) / ENERGY (FT.-LBS.)

PRECISION HUNTER

400 YDS.

600 YDS.

6.5 MM CREEDMOOR; 2700/2,314 2417/1,854
143-GR. ELD-X

2141/1,455

1876/1,118 1621/835

2600/2,671 2284/2,062

1987/1,560

1709/1,154

.308 WIN.;

MUZZLE

200 YDS.

800 YDS.

1451/832

heavy-hitter, providing reliable expan178-GR. ELD-X
sion and deep penetration thanks to
NO-WIND TRAJECTORY: M.O.A. / INCHES
its polymer tip and solid construction.
PRECISION HUNTER
MUZZLE
200 YDS.
400 YDS.
600 YDS.
800 YDS.
The 6.5 Creedmoor and GMX combination was confidence-in-hand for the
6.5 MM CREEDMOOR; 0/0
-1.82/-3.81 -7.18/
-13.82/
-21.89/
sportsman who chose to venture afield
143-GR. ELD-X
-30.07
-86.82
-183.35
with the precision penetrator, and sto.308 WIN.;
0/0
-2.07/-4.33 -8.12/
-15.78/
-25.35/
ries began to circulate more frequently
178-GR. ELD-X
-34.01
-99.13
-212.33
about the fast little Hornady cartridge
NOTES: BASED ON 100-YD. ZERO. ONE MINUTE OF ANGLE (M.O.A.) EQUALS 1.047" AT 100 YDS.
that punched far above its weight
class-a lesson European hunters had
with regard to retaining velocity, and therefore energy, at
learned about 6.5-mm projectiles many decades before. Yet, extended ranges. It's very hard to make an apples-to-apples
despite growing adoption by hunters "in the know," concomparison between the 6.5 and .308, but a fair measure
vincing American sportsmen to trade in their trusty .30s
might be to examine the performance of two loads developed
remained a daunting challenge.
by Hornady for a common purpose. For such an example, I
So, what did the early adopters see in the 6.5, and how
looked to Hornady's Precision Hunter series, a line specially
did the Creedmoor stack up against the American sporting
formulated to provide best-in-class ballistic and terminal
workhorse .308 Win.? In short, the Hornady cartridge was
performance at any range, especially on those longer pokes.
not only supremely accurate, it was also just plain miserly
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HORNADY 143-GR. ELD-X PRECISION HUNTER

HORNADY 120-GR. GMX SUPERFORMANCE

GEMSBOK: 100 YDS., QUARTERING ON (HEART/LUNGS),
RECOVERED FROM FAR SHOULDER (1)
HARTEBEEST: 414 YDS., QUARTERING ON (POINT OF
SHOULDER), RECOVERED FROM FAR HIDE (2)
HARTEBEEST: 515 YDS., QUARTERING ON (LUNGS),
RECOVERED FROM STOMACH (3)

1

2

BLUE WILDEBEEST: 125 YDS., QUARTERING ON (LUNGS),
RECOVERED FROM FAR HIDE, 36"+ PENETRATION (1);
1-YD. COUP DE GRACE (2)
SPRINGBOK: 280 YDS., QUARTERING ON (SHOULDER),
RECOVERED FROM FAR, REAR LEG,
36"+ PENETRATION (3)

3

1

2

3

SHOOTING RESULTS (100 YDS.)

6.5 MM CREEDMOOR
CARTRIDGE

VEL. @ 15'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

120-GR. GMX
SUPERFORMANCE

3002 AVG.
8 SD

2,401

0.46

1.17

0.87

143-GR. ELD-X
PRECISION HUNTER

2605 AVG.
16 SD

2,154

0.59

1.05

0.79

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
LARGEST
AVERAGE
SMALLEST

0.83

NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS FROM A 22" BARREL OVER AN OEHLER
MODEL 36 CHRONOGRAPH AT 15 FT. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT
GROUPS AT 100 YDS. FROM A SANDBAG REST. TEMPERATURE: 55° F. HUMIDITY: 77%.
ABBREVIATIONS: SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).
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